The turkish citadel from Pîncota

The site has been known since the nineteenth century, when there have been a number of amateurish excavations that revealed, inside the city, the ruins of a church, its premises and over 60 graves in the cemetery outside. Following these interventions a few drawings were made, which show several plan metrical versions of a place of worship, endowed with exceptional mural decoration. Lost for many decades, never processed scientifically, this “documentation” was partly recovered by Zsuzsanna Heitel. Based on a thorough analysis of the design and artistic details, she advanced the hypothesis that the church at Pancota analogies perfect 10-11th century south of the Danube architecture, thus representing an important link in its transfer to Central Europe.

Between 2000-2006 five excavation campaigns were conducted, excavations which brought to light plans of an archdeacon church cemetery with part of its surrounding cemetery. During the last campaign, a wave of earth was sectioned, which only preserved medieval traces. The team that coordinates the excavations consists of Dana Marcu-Istrate – research director, Ioan Fedor Pascu (SC Damasus SRL), Zsuzsanna Heitel (Art History Institute of Bucharest), George Pascu Hurezan, Florin Mărginean and Zsuzsanna Kopeczny (Museum of Arad).

Additional Information: Research report of archaeological site